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Angelina Jolie confirmed for 'Cleopatra'

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Angelina Jolie has signed a deal to appear as Cleopatra in an upcoming film based on a historical biography of the ancient Egyptian.

Producer Scott Rudin recently acquired the screen rights of Stacy Schiff's Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life and had his eye on Jolie for the lead role, reports US Weekly.

"Angelina Jolie radiates grace and power, exactly the qualities that Stacy Schiff finds in her biography of the most intriguing ruler who ever lived," said Michael Pietsch of Little, Brown, the book's publishing company.

The author previously gave her approval of the casting, saying that Jolie has "the perfect look" for the part.

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